The Sun Ra Arkestra in Concert

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The pioneering Afrofuturist jazz ensemble will perform live on the Rhodes College campus, also featuring the Rhodes Jazz Band. Continuing the legacy of Sun Ra, the Arkestra is under the direction of original member Marshall Allen, who recently celebrated his 94th birthday. Earlier that week, on Tuesday 10/23 at 6:00 in Blount Auditorium, the Turley Memphis Center will host a panel in conjunction with the concert titled “Memphis Afro-Futurism and Speculative Fiction.”

McNeil Concert Hall at Rhodes College
613 University St.
Tickets are $20 general admission, and $5 for Rhodes students, faculty, and staff. 
Tickets may be purchased through the following site: www.rhodes.edu/sunra

Music

Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison: A Film Screening and Conversation with Michael Streissguth

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A part of Indie Memphis Nights Weekly Film Series. Directed and produced by Bestor Cram, Written and produced by Michael Streissguth.

Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison explores the historical context of Johnny Cash’s seminal concert album, “Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison” on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Based on writer Michael Streissguth’s acclaimed book Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison: The Making of a Masterpiece, the program weaves together compelling interviews with archival photography to evoke the spirit of that momentous day on Jan. 13, 1968 when Johnny Cash appeared on stage at Folsom Prison and re-imagined his destiny. Participants include: Rosanne Cash, band member Marty Stuart, former inmate Millard Dedmon, and relatives of inmate/singer Glen Sherley, who famously wrote “Greystone Chapel” for Cash. 

McNeil Concert Hall at Rhodes College
613 University St.
Free and Open to the Public

Film and Media Studies

The Stewards of Overton Park: A History of a Place and Its People, An Evening with Brooks Lamb '17

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Since its opening in the early 20th century, Overton Park and the many institutions within it have been sites of transformative importance for Memphians. Join us as Brooks Lamb ’17 celebrates the release of his new book, Overton Park: A People’s History, which traces the park’s story from the perspective of those who shaped it. In this exciting conversation, Lamb will draw on his extensive research and groundbreaking approach to discuss Memphians’ rich and complex relationship to this crucial space.
Brooks, a 2016 Truman Scholar, is currently the conservation projects manager (Rural Lands) for The Land Trust for Tennessee.

A book signing will follow the event. 
This event is free and open to the public. 
No reservations are required. 
 

Environmental Studies and Sciences
The Memphis Center at Rhodes

Memphis Centered: Anne Farris Rosen

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Journalist and Rhodes alum Anne Farris Rosen is the editor of Deep South Dispatch, a recent collection of writings by her father John Herbers, who reported on the Civil Rights Movement for The New York Times and elsewhere. Rosen will discuss her father’s work as well as her own journey from Southwestern at Memphis to a career in journalism and teaching. 

The Memphis Center at Rhodes

Wendi C. Thomas, Journalism in Pursuit of Justice: From Ida B. Wells to MLK50

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Award-winning journalist Wendi C. Thomas will discuss the role of local media and citizens in maintaining or dismantling inequality. Thomas, whose MLK50: Justice through Journalism project gained international acclaim and reshaped local conversations, will discuss the origins of this work, its relationship to the Memphis media landscape, and its impacts going forward. 

The Memphis Center at Rhodes

The CLTV: Art, Race, & Liberation

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Memphis-based organization The CLTV comes to Rhodes to discuss their art and its larger connection to race and liberation in the #MLK50 moment. This event will accompany an exhibition of the CLTV's work in Clough-Hanson Gallery, with a closing reception and performance on March 23 at 6pm.

The Memphis Center at Rhodes

From Boss Crump to King Willie: How Race Changed Memphis Politics

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A Conversation with Otis Sanford

The city of Memphis underwent significant
changes in the 20th century, none more so
than the political transformations caused by
the Civil Rights Movement and the broader push
for political power among African Americans.
In this engaging event, celebrated Memphis
journalist and University of Memphis professor
Otis Sanford – the author of an acclaimed new
book on the subject – will discuss this crucial
aspect of the city’s history and its contemporary
repercussions. He will be joined in conversation
by Rhodes professors Charles McKinney (History,
Africana Studies) and Michael Nelson (Political
Science) for an engaging and provocative
discussion.

A book signing will follow the event.

This event is free and open to the public.
No reservations are required.

Memphis Center